Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Rainy Day at Home - looking around, snapping...


Observing my environment:





Unfortunately I haven't been able to check out her name...

Some 50 years ago...


The vintage Marimekko fabric 'Humiseva' is naturally from 1957, designed by the legendary Maija Isola. I'm not sure about the glass objects (they are not signed) - I would guess they're from the 60's.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bedside reading


Bedside reading: one day...

Today's Walk - Angophora Reserve again...


I feel as if I'm repeating myself, but this subject matter still resonates with me. I did my walk at Avalon's Angophora Reserve, and the Cockatoos, Currawongs, trees and insects beg to be be recorded:

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Timo Sarpaneva - two vintage glass objects


Designer Timo Sarpaneva (1926 - 2006) was one of the masters of the 20th 
century design. He studied at the Central School of Applied Arts (Taideteollinen 
Korkeakoulu) in Helsinki, Finland, in the 40's, and soon after graduating gained 
prominence in both artistic and functional design fields. In the 50's he was 
employed by Iittala, where as a designer he went on to produce, in 1953, one of 
his most admired works: the sculptural Orchid vase, which, at the time, was 
enthused by the 'House Beautiful' magazine in the U.S. as the "the most beautiful 
object of the year". It eventually gained him the Grand Prix at the tenth Milan 
Triennale of 1954. I'm featuring two objects from my collection here, a subtle 
plate (signed as "Timo Sarpaneva 2203"), with clear glass in the middle and 
slightly smokey cray on the outer ring, and an "Orchid" vase (the 27 centimetres 
high version):

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Today's Walk - Warriewood and Turimetta Beaches


We drove down to Warriewood Beach, where we left the car and took the track up the Turimetta Headland and down to Turimetta Beach, where we had a swim:

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